Posts by Clavis Anderson

My Soul Look Back

How I got over how I got overHow I got over how I got overMy soul look back and wonder how I got over Sometimes, it pays to look back.  Over the last few days, I’ve been struggling personally and professionally. The reasons for these struggles are not important to this conversation. What is important…

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You Are Enough…Really?

You are enough.It’s a well-intended mantra. An easy- to- remember positive affirmation. However, like many sayings, it is becoming one of those over-used, sing-songy, and frankly, boring cheerleader-salesman-motivational speaker-phrases rallied from stages and bold-printed in pages of numerous self- help books. There’s nothing wrong with the phrase. In fact, I’ve meditated on it myself a…

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Identity in Crisis

Reader, as you read this blog, I want you to think about  the role of identity in our schools. the need for what Claude Steele calls the critical mass ( what I call my peeps) the trauma many of our children undergo due to implicit bias I’m often called on by parents to “shadow”their children in schools.…

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Dusty Self

Dusty Self By Clavis   It’s been years since you thought about. Leafed through it. Pressed the dog-eared pages between anxious fingertips. BUT it is there. Where you left it. Shoved between choices and sacrifices. Lost among the cobwebs of roles, jobs, positions. Relentless pursuits. It’s braced, right where you tucked it away, Turned away,…

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Somebody’s Child

“What would you say to your child, if you saw/ heard her saying/ doing…?” This is one of my most asked coaching questions. Why?  As coach, I have come to know this…We lie to ourselves and make excuses. Most of us don’t value ourselves as much as we say we do. We don’t commit to…

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C C & C Code #1: Coaching is not what you do, but who you are

In my experience, coaching is not something, if taken seriously, you can explain to someone in an elevator ride or even in a twenty-minute conversation, for that matter. Coaching is less practice than process. Less job description than mindset. It is having enough curiosity, skill, and insight to know not only when to ask questions,…

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W-O-R-K!

    Layin’ Low Rest n’ pause Sleeping long Slow motion Gonna do Shoulda, coulda, woulda done Excuses What are you afraid of? Don’t you know what you’re made of? One of God’s greatest creations Take this invitation now — from “GET UP” by Mary, Mary Work. W-O-R-K. It confounds me… the number of people…

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Re-visioning for Success

Happy New Year, Colleagues! Remember those lovely vision boards your faculty worked on so diligently at the beginning of year? It’s time to take them out. Time to take an honest look back and ask ourselves the following questions: What parts of our visions have become realities? What steps did we take to ensure that…

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Happy Re-New Year!

2017 is almost over. Time for renewal. Time to make room for new stuff in a new year. New relationships, new opportunities, new challenges, new adventures. New stories of personal and communal gains. In short, it’s time to recommit to re-NEW-al! But, first… You gotta take stock. Take a realistic look at where you’re sitting…

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Beyond the Fog

“Beyond the fog lies clarity.” — Anonymous   Early one crisp June morning, while on a short vacation to the Tennessee mountains, I had what I now call a “beyond the fog” moment. Standing, for quite some time, on the balcony, not really focusing; in more of a meditative than contemplative state, I was just…

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